Cooperative Agreements for Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health) State/Tribal Expansion

Short Title: 
Project LAUNCH Expansion Grants
Initial Announcement
Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Information
FOA Number: 
SM-15-006
Posted on Grants.gov: 
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Application Due Date: 
Monday, March 30, 2015
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 
93.243
Intergovernmental Review (E.O. 12372): 
Applicants must comply with E.O. 12372 if their state(s) participates. Review process recommendations from the State Single Point of Contact (SPOC) are due no later than 60 days after application deadline.
Public Health System Impact Statement (PHSIS) / Single State Agency Coordination: 
Applicants must send the PHSIS to appropriate State and local health agencies by application deadline. Comments from Single State Agency are due no later than 60 days after application deadline.
Description

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services, is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2015 Cooperative Agreements for Project LAUNCH State/Tribal Expansion.  The purpose of this program is to expand the implementation of Project LAUNCH systems improvement and wellness promotion/ prevention services into new communities within states and tribes that have completed a Project LAUNCH five-year grant.  The goals of this expansion grant are to improve early childhood systems, strengthen parenting competencies, and improve children’s developmental and behavioral outcomes in more communities.

Project LAUNCH is a national initiative that began in 2008 and has funded a total of 55 sites, including states, tribes, territories, communities, and the District of Columbia. The purpose of the Project LAUNCH initiative is to promote the wellness of young children from birth to 8 years of age by addressing the physical, social, emotional, cognitive and behavioral aspects of their development. Project LAUNCH pays particular attention to the social and emotional development of young children, and works to ensure that the systems that serve young children (including early child care and education, home visiting, and primary care) are equipped to promote and monitor social and emotional development, and intervene to prevent mental, emotional and behavioral disorders in early childhood and into the early elementary grades.

The purpose of the Project LAUNCH Expansion grants is for states and tribes that have implemented innovative practices and systems changes in one pilot community through an “original” Project LAUNCH grant to expand these practices to other communities within the state/tribe (or to additional tribes). Lessons learned from the first 6 years of the initiative suggest that while states can bring about positive changes, and improve child outcomes in a pilot community during the course of an original LAUNCH grant, additional time is needed to replicate and spread these practices beyond the pilot community. The Project LAUNCH Expansion grants will provide states and tribes the opportunity for broader dissemination of these innovative practices and policies that will lead to better outcomes for young children and families. Consistent with SAMHSA’s Theory of Change, this program builds on previous LAUNCH efforts and aims to expand best practices in early childhood wellness promotion and prevention of mental, emotional and behavioral disorders into new communities, thereby furthering implementation of the effective practices.

The Project LAUNCH Expansion grant opportunity closely aligns with SAMHSA's Strategic Initiatives on Prevention of Substance Abuse and Mental Illness and Trauma and Justice.  This grant program aims to focus resources on communities, families and children who are at high risk for experiencing trauma, or who have already experienced trauma, with a goal of promoting wellness, preventing mental, emotional and behavioral disorders, and supporting early detection and referral to treatment for children and family members experiencing behavioral health issues, including substance abuse.

The Project LAUNCH Expansion grant program also seeks to address behavioral health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities by encouraging the implementation of strategies to decrease the differences in access, service use, and outcomes among the racial and ethnic minority populations served.  (See PART II: Appendix G – Addressing Behavioral Health Disparities.)

Project LAUNCH Expansion grants are authorized under Section 520A of the Public Health Service Act, as amended.  This announcement addresses Healthy People 2020 Mental Health and Mental Disorders Topic Area HP 2020-MHMD.

Eligibility

Eligible applicants are:

  1. State and Territorial governments: Title V Agencies in states that have completed a Project LAUNCH grant, or will complete the grant by September 30, 2015. See Appendix II of the RFA for a listing of eligible applicants.
  2. Federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribes and tribal organizations that have completed a Project LAUNCH grant, or will complete the grant by September 30, 2015.  See Appendix II of the RFA for a listing of eligible applicants.

Tribal organization means the recognized body of any AI/AN tribe; any legally established organization of American Indians/Alaska Natives which is controlled, sanctioned, or chartered by such governing body or which is democratically elected by the adult members of the Indian community to be served by such organization and which includes the maximum participation of American Indians/Alaska Natives in all phases of its activities. 

Eligibility is limited to State Title V Agencies, in states who have completed or will complete a Project LAUNCH grant by the end of FY 2015, since these are the agencies that received the initial Project LAUNCH grants.  Project LAUNCH Expansion grants will build on the knowledge, expertise and experience acquired in the first Project LAUNCH grant in order to take practices and systems changes to scale by expanding  these practices to other communities within the state/tribe (or to additional tribes). The Project LAUNCH Expansion grants will provide states and tribes the opportunity for broader dissemination of these innovative practices and policies that will lead to better outcomes for young children and families. In addition, the Title V agency was the convener of the original LAUNCH Council, and will be well-positioned to continue the work of increasing cross-agency and public-private partnerships through the Expansion grant.  State Title V agencies should partner with the lead children’s mental health agency as this grant opportunity is focused on public health, maternal and child health, and children’s mental health, and integration of efforts across these agencies is central to the success of these Expansion efforts.

Award Information
Funding Mechanism: 
Cooperative Agreement
Anticipated Total Available Funding: 
$3,400,000
Anticipated Number of Awards: 
Up to 5
Anticipated Award Amount: 
Up to $680,000
Length of Project: 
Up to 4 years
Cost Sharing/Match Required?: 
No

Proposed budgets cannot exceed $680,000 in total costs (direct and indirect) in any year of the proposed project.  Annual continuation awards will depend on the availability of funds, grantee progress in meeting project goals and objectives, timely submission of required data and reports, and compliance with all terms and conditions of award.

Contact Information
Program Issues

Jennifer A. Oppenheim, PsyD
Public Health Advisor
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Road
Room 6-1132
Rockville, MD 20857
(240) 276-1862
LAUNCH.rfa@SAMHSA.hhs.gov

Grants Management and Budget Issues

Gwendolyn Simpson
Office of Financial Resources, Division of Grants Management
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Road, Room 7-1091
Rockville, Maryland 20857
(240) 276-1408
gwendolyn.simpson@samhsa.hhs.gov

Last Updated: 01/28/2015